Archana Masih/Rediff.com talks to India’s most loved writer. Ruskin Bond shows the first pages of the autobiography he is working on. Photo: Seema Pant. Ruskin Bond laughs a lot and talks as someone much younger than his 80 years. He is friendly, wears cute slip-on pumps with brown bears and asks if we’ve had breakfast on a Sunday morning at his home in Landour, Mussoorie. He is also Landour’s most famous resident at whose door tourists often arrive unannounced, and at ... Rediff.com, 7 hours ago
Ruskin Bond: If I can't write, I might as well be dead - Rediff.com, 7 hours ago
There is a reason Jodie Underhill is called the 'garbage girl'. Archana Masih/Rediff.com meets the young lady who has been dirtying her hands in a crusade against filth. "The first thing I saw were the beautiful mountains, but when I looked over the edge what I saw was -- garbage," says Jodie Underhill remembering her trek to Triund, near McLeodganj a few years ago. Left: Jodie Underhill, CEO-Founder, Waste Warriors. Photograph: Seema Pant/Rediff.com After spending three months travelling ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'It is very relevant that we don't lose sight of the foundations we have built modern India on and that is what I am afraid may be happening,' Nayantara Sahgal tells Archana Masih/Rediff.com Image: Writer Nayantara Sahgal, 87, says her uncle Jawaharlal Nehru was like a third parent. Photograph: Seema Pant/Rediff.com 'We saw the vigour of democracy when it voted Modi out of humble origins as prime minister. It was Nehru who laid that foundation for India and what is worrying is Mr Modi's rather ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago 'I see the genius of the Indian people' Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'This term -- "Nehru-Gandhi" family -- is a misnomer. Nehru was not a dynast; he did not even name his successor... The big mistake she made was to push forward Rahul Gandhi who is a dead loss as a leader,' says writer Nayantara Sahgal, whom Sonia Gandhi calls 'Tara Masi'. With a beautiful view of the foothills of the Himalayas and a not-so-beautiful one of a multi-storey building coming up next door, Nayantara Sahgal, sits on the verandah of the home her mother built in Dehradun. "She lived ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Vinita Bisht and Vinita Kamte lost their husbands -- one an NSG commando, the other an IPS officer -- in the 26/11 terror attacks. Six years later, Archana Masih/Rediff.com meets them to discover that closure is one of the hardest things to find. Image: Vinita Bisht has built a memorial to her martyred husband Havaldar Gajendra Singh Bisht in Dehra Dun. Photograph: Seema Pant/Rediff.com "26-27 November ko unhoney sangharsh kiya aur 28 ko shahid ho gaye... (He waged a battle on 26-27 November ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
EXCLUSIVE! PRESIDENT KALAM'S ADVICE TO YOUNG INDIA: 'When a problem arises, become the captain of the problem and defeat it!'
Once, during his Presidency, President A P J Abdul Kalam received a letter from a student shocked with his class 12th mark-sheet. He had secured 10 per cent in Maths and Physics, whereas throughout his school career, he had always scored 90 per cent and above. In utter dismay, he wrote to the President of India, asking for his help. President Kalam referred his case to the authorities and two weeks later got a reply that indeed there was a mistake in the evaluation and a rectification ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago EXCLUSIVE! President's Kalam's advice to young India Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'In Hindu society, marriage is not between a man and a woman, but between their castes; politicians do not ask for human votes, but for caste votes....' 'Have you heard of such nonsense anywhere else in the world? And we claim we are civilised!' 'One or two or a few people becoming President, Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Speaker etc from the downtrodden do not mean that the untouchables are uplifted and caste-based slavery is over.' K K Bose, a Dubai-based lawyer and social activist, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'By the time the ground dries up, considering that the homes are still submerged, winter will be here. By the end of October, it is going to be very, very cold. By the end of November, it will be freezing, and it would have snowed by mid December. So before the ground can dry up, there will be snow.' 'The anger has not receded with the water. It persists. The floods have completely finished whatever 5 per cent chance Omar Abdullah had left with the public... He is seen as someone who is highly ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'When incidents of stone pelting at the aircraft occurred, the boys were careful that they continued with the rescue because finally we had to save lives.' A senior Indian Air Force officer, who is a veteran of flood rescue ops in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Gujarat and the Mumbai deluge, tells Archana Masih/Rediff.com about the rescue operations in Kashmir, one of the first such efforts in a densely populated and urban area. Image: Flood victims board an Indian Air Force helicopter after being ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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